Thickets and Wilkins Blimp Remote


First class sound execution with profound, rich bass reaction and completely clear, brilliant highs. Streams remotely by means of AirPlay, Bluetooth, or Spotify Associate.


Computerized signal preparing might infuriate idealists. Extremely costly. Light on embellishments.

•Bottom Line

With a shocking, famous configuration and a cost to match, Arbors and Wilkins' Blimp Remote speaker conveys magnificent gushing sound through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

By Tim Gideon

Most remote speaker producers have surrendered Apple's AirPlay usefulness for Bluetooth's enhanced sound execution (and more solid gushing). Be that as it may, why pick between the two? For $699.99, the Thickets and Wilkins Airship Remote permits you to stream by means of AirPlay (utilizing your Wi-Fi system), Bluetooth (straightforwardly from your gadget), or even Spotify Unite. The Airship Remote has been updated impressively since its last cycle as the Lightning dock-prepared Dirigible Air cosmetically, as well as far as sound execution. The outcome is an effortless outline piece that likewise yields noteworthy clarity in the highs, wealth in the lows, and unpretentious profundity in the sub-bass domain. In spite of a high value, the Airship Remote wins our Editors' Decision for its flexibility, execution, and style.


The speaker holds the same, well, Blimp like shape of its antecedents. This emphasis is bigger, yet you'd need them next to each other to truly see a distinction in the Blimp Remote's 7.5-by-27-by-7.5-inch measurements. The most clear contrast is the absence of a docking arm—those now-wiped out members that were common on numerous a speaker in 2007. Other than a little compartment underneath with the Arbors and Wilkins logo, the front face is without any genuine markings—it's all grayish-dark woven speaker grille, and it looks really striking. The side of the previously stated compartment houses a capacitive touch Bluetooth matching catch that instantly sends the speaker into blending mode, and the front of the compartment houses the framework's Driven status marker.

Underneath the grille, the Blimp Remote packs two 1-inch tweeters, two 3.5-inch midrange drivers, and, a bigger subwoofer (6.5 inches) than its antecedent. All drivers are exclusively fueled, with the tweeters accepting 25 watts each, the midrange drivers likewise getting 25 watts each, and the sub accepting 50 watts. Inside, an enhanced computerized signal handling (DSP) chip controls sound to forestall bending on profound bass at higher volumes, and all sound is upsampled to 24-bit/192kHz through an enhanced advanced to-simple converter. B&W likewise redsigned the body for the whole framework with the objective of definitely diminishing vibrations brought about by bass frequencies.

On the back board of the framework, three catches close to the top control Volume Up, Volume Down, and Play/Delay. Shockingly, there's no real way to explore tracks with any of these controls—and with no included remote, this implies all track route will be done on your spilling gadget. This likewise implies, as you may have speculated, there is no speakerphone usefulness.

Along the back board of the speaker's base, there's a Force catch, an Ethernet association (for wiring straightforwardly to a switch), an association for the force link, a 3.5mm Aux info, a small scale USB association for administration and firmware overhauls, and a pinhole Reset catch. Lamentably, other than the sound link, there are no frills, similar to an Ethernet link or a 3.5mm sound link for the Aux info, which appears like an oversight at this cost.

Blending is a basic procedure, obviously, the Airship Remote is not just a Bluetooth speaker—you can likewise stream by means of Apple's AirPlay (an irregularity amongst speakers nowadays), and the new Spotify Join highlight. Setting the greater part of this up is entirely straightforward, because of a free B&W application that deals with the entire procedure for you.

AirPlay keeps on holding favorable position over Bluetooth/AptX spilling from a constancy stance (especially in the event that you are listening to lossless records), yet it additionally keeps on having confinements taking into account your Wi-Fi system. To put it another way, on the off chance that you have a few gadgets and PCs utilizing your remote system, you can anticipate that the stream will stammer. This restriction of AirPlay is not an issue with most Bluetooth associations, so it gets to be, for some clients, an exchange off between sound quality versus having a continuous stream. So, Bluetooth has made incomprehensible steps as far as sound gushing in the most recent couple of years, and the distinction in sound quality in the middle of it and AirPlay may be less detectable to a few audience members. Like AirPlay, Spotify Interface additionally streams music over your Wi-Fi association.

Execution and Conclusions

On tracks with intense sub-bass substance, as knife The's "Quiet Yell," the Blimp Remote conveys hearty, effective bass reaction. At top volumes, the DSP kicks in and the impact on the bass is unobtrusive, yet detectable—at greatest volume, the framework is (clearly) louder, yet appears like it yields less bass reaction than at, say, 80 percent volume.